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Powerful song written by JCPS students asks for reparations

Updated: Sep. 27, 2019 at 6:35 PM EDT
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LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A popular music video going around shows Jefferson County Public Schools students asking for reparations.

Resource teacher NyRee Clayton-Taylor helped her students create the video. Clayton-Taylor said it all started when her students started asking about reparations, what they were and what it meant for them. Now, students like 4th grader Jeremiah Briscoe know all about what they deserve.

Resource teacher NyRee Clayton-Taylor helped her students create the video.
Resource teacher NyRee Clayton-Taylor helped her students create the video.(Source: James Thomas, WAVE 3 News)

"They was not too young to fight against segregation and at my age I can still fight for justice,” said Briscoe.

Briscoe and 13 other students, dubbed the Real Young Prodigys, took a trip to Alabama over the summer where they visited a number of important spots critical to the civil rights movement.

Jeremiah Briscoe, a 4th grader, is one of the students in Real Young Prodigys, makers of the...
Jeremiah Briscoe, a 4th grader, is one of the students in Real Young Prodigys, makers of the video.(Source: James Thomas, WAVE 3 News)

They spent a few weeks prior writing a rap song based on the history and how it should impact their present.

Parts of their video shoot were filmed at Locust Grove Plantation. The video shows the students dressed as slaves, a decision that has brought out the trolls on social media.

The 14 students in Real Young Prodigys created the music video after a visit to Alabama over...
The 14 students in Real Young Prodigys created the music video after a visit to Alabama over the summer where they saw several places on the forefront of the civil right movement.(Source: YouTube)

"I told them from the beginning that the conversation was going to be hard and not everyone was going to like this,” Clayton-Taylor said. “Me, being naïve and lovey-dovey and loving everyone I did not expect for trolls to attack my students and to attack them with stereotypes."

The comments to the YouTube video are abusive and offensive. The young students who saw the comments on YouTube reacted better than most adults would.

"They took up for themselves by explaining themselves with facts and they were not disrespectful,” Clayton-Taylor said.

As for Jeremiah, he can't wait to push the boundaries again, creating change as he takes part in the next Real Young Prodigy’s hit song.

“It was shocking, because all the stuff I couldn’t learn in school, I learned outside of school,” said Briscoe.

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